Curling instability induced by swelling

Stéphane Douezan, Matthieu Wyart, Franoise Brochard-Wyart, Damien Cuvelier

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    We study the spontaneous curving observed when a strip of tracing paper is deposited on a water surface. The differential swelling across the ribbon thickness leads to a curling of the sheet, with the curvature increasing to a maximum and then relaxing as the sheet becomes completely wet. We develop a theoretical model, in good agreement with our experimental observations and relevant to the understanding of curling instabilities induced by asymmetric swelling of natural or synthetic shells.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1506-1511
    Number of pages6
    JournalSoft Matter
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Feb 21 2011

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Chemistry
    • Condensed Matter Physics


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